Chur, I’m on top: test drive bus MAN SD200

The most interesting part of any test drive – a direct trip to the wheel. But this bus was not to turn the “steering wheel” of the most fascinating, and sit on the second floor and look at the little fellows and their toy cars. Review of the top is so good, that one is mentally carried away in the misty distance. So obscure that there are visible and the past of the bus, and even his future.

Link to standard

By The red double-decker buses, dabldekery AEC Routemaster have become a symbol of London, but on the German relatives usually know little. And in vain, because here and “tiered bus production” was not developed worse than in the UK. Basically, the market was represented by four manufacturers: B ssing, MAN, Magirus and Mercedes-Benz?. All of them, of course, they cope with their tasks, build quality, but only transport companies, operates and maintains this technique was not easy: buses are heterogeneous, and the Germans, accustomed to order, just sometimes overheated brains.

In the photo: AEC Routemaster ‘1954-68

And then Verband? Ffentlicher Verkehrsbetriebe (I will not even try to write a transcription, but in Russian it is “Association of Public Transport Company”) has decided to put an end to the bus sloppiness by entering a single standard type of bus. From now on, all German bus should have the same passenger lounges, chairs and windows. The maximum had to be similar, and the driver’s seat.

Armed with the new standards, the experience and the desire to earn, Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe MAN and set about designing a new standard bus together. It would seem, and here this is the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe? Despite the fact that he was the first carrier to receive in using new bus MAN SD 200 Gaubschat (SD73) in 1974, a year after the first screening of the bus at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

In the photo: MAN SD 200 Gaubschat (SD73) ‘1973

As the name implies, a body engaged in firm Gaubschat, as the chassis of the MAN used products. Such buses have been built only two, and it is with them begins the era of double-decker MAN SD200. SD means Standart Doppeldeckerbus, which translates as “the standard double-decker bus.”

Almost at the same time, the construction of bodies engaged in another company – B ssing?. The boys tensed and did as much as three buses. The main supplier of the bodies became Waggon Union GmbH, who has made most of the buses – more than seven hundred pieces. They worked from 1974 until the last year, MAN SD200 production – by 1985. And our present bus just this manufacturer and of the same issue last year. As he was in St. Petersburg? Oh, that’s the whole story!

Unusual person – an unusual bus

I have never seen any of the normal creative person. All of them are a little bit of crazy that is. However, some – is absolutely intolerable, and some, on the contrary, attract. I was very fortunate that the current owner of the bus, Vladimir Nikiforov, belongs to the second type of creative people.

Even despite the fact that he is an artist and is engaged in variety of crafts, the man he is absolutely adequate, moderately bearded and cheerful. Actually, however, and he needed a bus. Vladimir – the head of a network of creative studios MASTERKLASS. The studio is not only children but also adults. And both of them are sometimes inconvenient to get to it, wherever it is located. And then came the idea to make a mobile meeting place. The idea, in general, is not new: such a studio on wheels are in Moscow. Why not do the same, and in St. Petersburg? Vladimir specifically for this trained as a category D and began to search for a suitable vehicle.

Soon it became clear that an ordinary bus will not work: given that there will have to not only ride, but also the work place is not enough. And then Vladimir began searching for double-decker bus. The first found a fast, in St. Petersburg. But it was partially demolished, dismantled, and the price he asked for a high. Having estimated how many more will have to invest in the purchase, from the acquisition had to be abandoned. The same MAN managed to find in Barnaul, where he worked on a regular city routes. Solving the issue of money, Vladimir flew in Barnaul.

We met him so well, that even two days had a bus maintenance: replace the engine oil, proshpritsevali pendants, pins and replaced the liquid in automatic transmission.

Now imagine the complexity of the situation, from Barnaul to St. Petersburg about 4500 kilometers, the category D is, but no buses driving practices (as well as a good knowledge of technology). I had to go to one of thirty bus, occasionally getting in a snowstorm, and rain … And up to this point the bus is not less than a year just stood there and did not go anywhere at all. Not everyone would dare to be honest. And Vladimir went.

automatic transmission
Voith DIWA D85 1.2

“Okvadrachennaya” rubber time did not allow to go faster of 40-45 km / h, had to move out regularly on the sidelines, to skip back kopivshiysya transport. Between Novosibirsk and Omsk flashed preheater, then went into emergency mode box, and the speed dropped to 20 km / h. In Omsk, the box could be repaired in a couple of hours, but in Tyumen had to stand again: blizzard raged with wet snow, and it was almost impossible to ride. On the highway Perm-Izhevsk revealed a tendency to smoke MAN brake pads, but it was a trifle.

Vladimir went from Barnaul April 18, and Peter was a festive morning of 9 May. “Madness of the brave we sing a song”, as used to say sometimes, Maxim Gorky.

Four meters above the ground

The first thing we notice is the height of the bus. It is almost 4 meters, but other dimensions are not small: 11.5 meters in length and 2.5 in width. There would be a single-deck bus, have a baby, too, did not appear. Before you go to the salon, examine it from the outside.

diesel 11.4 l MAN D2566 UH, 200 liters. from.

For all the time production was repeatedly repaired body – mostly, of course, on the little things. Exterior decorative elements does not abound, so it seems the whole bus is not that boring, but it is simple and utilitarian. Let’s try to open the compartments are located on the outside, and see what is hidden in them.

Since the motor is located at the back, then under the cover between the headlights can be seen only the cooling system and the right of the radiator – the steering gearbox. To him you can pick up and through the right side door. To starboard is an electrician and all, with pay attention to the wire: they are marked with the German precision, which in case of repair cool facilitates the search should be conducted. Immediately located and compartments for batteries and starting preheater. By the way, on its cover a little more traces of the fire that occurred on the road.

Access to the engine back there, but much better can be considered through a hatch in the cabin floor. There laboriously turn their crank their pistons straight-six diesel engine MAN D2566 UH, the volume of which is 11.4 liters. It gives it to 200 liters. from. and 740 Nm of torque. It seems to be a lot, but after adjusting for weight, to be honest, not really.

At the same time look into the hatch in the floor nearby. There we see a box-automatic and instantly define its unmistakable brand – a Voith DIWA D851.2 (kidding, there’s nothing I could not determine at a glance, spied on in the manual). This is a classic three-stage hydro-mechanical unit is quite hardy. And so if we were in the cabin, and consider it.

Yes, there is felt the harsh hand of Barnaul. Identify installed seat failed, but they are not exactly “home”. Stairs behind too should not be, but the front, “native”, factory staircase preserved in its original form.

Let me remind you that we are in a mobile workshop, so there can not do without redevelopment. Moreover, there is sometimes even behind the potter’s wheel can stand some crafts are different.

Synthesis of Barnaul-German heritage is enchanting. There were also original plates, and the route plan to Barnaul, and light boards, and of unknown origin nashlёpki color on the ceiling. But do not be sad about this: 31 year – this is a serious age, and the bus is quite lively.

On the second floor standing not ride: a low ceiling, and is prohibited by the rules. But before you steer yourself, I occupy a place in the first row of the second floor and ride a “personal driver”. Beauty! Browse, play, a sense of freedom. I wonder how to make ventilation: the upper glass windows fixed, but there is a gap between them. Do you want-not, and ventilation is the most that neither is compulsory.

More here was once a real periscope! This system made it possible for the driver to watch what was happening on the second floor.

Behind the wheel of the bus

To get behind the wheel, open metal barerchik, then – melenko door near the chair. The front part of the septum performs air quantity adjustment function, coming from the oven. Sit in the driver’s seat and looks around.

There are three pedals, although the automatic box – as BelAZ, but the meaning is different design. The one under the left foot, you need to open and close doors. The same function is duplicated on the panel buttons. Buttons MAN designers loved: they not only open and close the door, but also start and stop the engine, turn on the light, heaters, and even switch the automatic transmission. Let’s try and we ponazhimat these buttons.

Engine sound is heard quite distinctly, but not annoying, it is soft and smooth. Look around in the mirror. Review of good, even if the front door is open, the right mirror can hardly see anything. But to go with open doors still can not, so this remark is thrown back as a disorganized.

We look at the devices. On the left we see the two brake circuits gauge, then – fuel gauge, oil pressure and coolant temperature. Under the speedometer – mechanical tachograph. More I have not looked devices, focusing on driving.

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I remember we once went to Ikarus 256 Feelings are very similar:. Big old foreign car. Everything works, even a little more comfortable than some modern buses. But, unlike Icarus, there is a “machine”. Button you can specify a range of gear changes: “1” – only first gear, “2” – the first and second, “3” – respectively, all three. It is a pity that there is no “4” button, then it would not prevent.

Of course, with automatic ride much more enjoyable if it were not for one thing: it is very tight and the brake pedal particularly gas. Since moving MAN begins immediately after releasing the brake pedal, often have to press on the brake and gas, why will soon hand reaches to the knee, help to push with frequent stops and maneuvering.

And yet manage this bus is much easier than many others. At MAN very long overhangs, but the short base (only 5.6 meters), with maneuverability so everything is in order. The turning rolls at least, and this in spite of the second floor and air suspension.

A separate song sing brakes. Usually the old technique pneumatic brakes are a bit unpredictable, first when you press the brake pedal, nothing happens, and then can happen so abruptly that klyuёsh in the nose wheel. Here brakes work almost like in a car: soft, gentle and predictable.

The dynamics are not striking. 200 l. from. and three transfer 30-year-old “machine” does not presuppose an active drive. Yes, she probably did not need a city bus. It is much nicer to meet on this technique a kind of delicacy that you do not expect from double-decker bus, the total mass of which can reach up to 12.5 tons. By the way, fuel consumption is not too small: a hundred kilometers of the bus can “eat” up to 47 liters of diesel fuel.

What will happen next?

Bus Conversion is carried out continuously. Something has been done, but there is still a lot of work. I would like to put the air conditioning (on a sunny day in the summer on the second floor is hot), do a little more suited to the creation of interior, finish jobs, do some household amenities (if you understand what I mean), to reschedule a little space. But now it can already be found on the streets. You’ll see – come safely inside this “klassbusa” is always interesting!

We express our gratitude to the company “AvtoBull” and personally Ivan Fedorov for assistance in preparing the material.

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